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Feds consider closing two Virginia courthouses

Two Virginia federal courthouses are marked for possible closing under a federal judiciary study.

The federal courthouses in Newport News and Big Stone Gap are on a list of lesser used courthouses circulated among federal judges for review and comment, according to the Associated Press. The comments are expected to be considered by a committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. The Judicial Conference could act on possible closings in September.

Documents show possible savings of more than $16 million in annual operating costs and rent for the 60 facilities on the list, the AP reports.

The 60 courthouses are ranked based on categories including cost, usage and location. Big Stone Gap is ranked the 6th most appropriate for closing. Newport News is 18th.

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